Where does the word colonel come from and why is it spelled this way?
Ultimately, it comes from the Latin for "column," as in a "column of soldiers," but it's pronounced that way because English got the word from the Middle French, "coronel," which Webster's traces to the Old Italian, "colonnello" -- so, why did the French ever stick an "R" in there? Here's an hypothesis: it's reminiscent of "corona" for crown and thus describes a certain level of authority. OK, so, why did English pick the "R" pronounciation but a columnar spelling?

Because its a very special language.

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